Category: Windows 8x

How to re-enable laptop disabled MIC Windows 8.1

I had reason to disable the built-in MIC on my Windows 8.1 Dell Latitude E5550 laptop.  I did the usual thing and went to the control panel and selected SOUND clicked the recording tab, found the MIC and chose properties and select to disable this device (Do not use). Voila the MIC disappeared. This was…


TIP: View TCP connection on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10

To view TCP connections on a Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 machine use PowerShell. Type       get-nettcpconnection    in the PowerShell command line.   This will list out the recent TCP connections. Output will look something like this: Look at all that informative goodness!!     Hits: 9


Minimum System Requirements for Windows List 3x to 10

I am noticing on many retro forums and groups growing numbers of enthusiasts asking what hardware can i run with xx version of windows or will this so and so work with xx version of windows. Thought maybe this information might help!  I didn’t go back earlier as hardly anyone ran earlier versions. Let’s start…


A history of Windows – By Microsoft

Microsoft briefly went all nostalgic on us! They have a nice article on the history of Windows available at this link: A history of Windows   <— Click the Linky Check it out , its a good read! More here as well: Learn the Major Moments in the History of Microsoft Windows Every version, from 1.0…


CISCO CADS Install on Windows 8.1

I had the pleasure to install Cisco Desktop Agent (CAD) on some Windows 8.1 workstations.   The version of CADS we have and what is out at this time is not compatible with Windows 8.1.  Cisco lists compatibility up to Windows 7.  Sure enough a regular install failed with a warning box stating this software was…


Toshiba Laptop with Windows 8.1 loses keyboard and mouse – FIX

This weekend I worked on a Toshiba laptop with Windows 8.1 that had received some updates then rebooted. The keyboard and mouse both failed to work after the reboot. An external USB mouse worked but the USB keyboard did not. I used the on-screen board to do everything with mouse clicks detailed below.  I used…